We have several regular events occurring throughout the year, open up the tabs below to find out more.
Each year the Friends’ committee organises a lecture, which is an opportunity for scholars to do research and contribute to the thinking of those in the Reformed tradition and add to the theological thought of the whole Church. The lecture usually takes place in November at Dr Williams’s Library in Gordon Square, London.
The 2020 Lecture (delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic) took place on Thursday 28th January 2021. Jane Shaw, Principal of Harris Manchester College and Professor of the History of Religion at the University of Oxford spoke on the subject, Nonconformists and the Modern Revival of Mysticism.
The 2021 Annual Lecture will take place on Thursday 11th November 2021. Rev Dr John Campbell will give the lecture entitled A Creative Inheritance – applying a nonconformist gifting in Biblical Interpretation today.
The subjects of the lecture in recent years are listed below. Friends of the Library can download copies of the lectures in the secure Friends’ area.
|2019||Anne James and Jean Shammi||Remembering the Dead: The Role of manuscript Sermons and Sermon Notes in Researching Early Modern Memorial Practice|
|2018||Dr David Cornick||Through Erik Routley’s Eyes: Theology, Ecumenism and Congregationalism in the 1950s and 1960s|
|2017||Rev Fleur Houston||The Handmaid’s Tale: Ministry, Gender and Power|
|2016||Prof Clyde Binfield||Platform and Pulpit in Peace and War, 1913-1920|
|2015||Rev Dr Peter C Humphreys||Dublin Congregationalism: The Rise and Demise of a Dissenting Tradition|
|2014||Dr David Ceri Jones||George Whitefield and the Revival of Calvinism in Eighteenth Century Britain|
|2013||Dr Neil E Allison||‘The Spirit of Cromwell’: Nonconformist Chaplains’ War Ministry and Experience (1914-1918)|
|2012||Prof. John Coffey||Brethren or Sectaries? Richard Baxter on the Congregationalists|
|2011||Rev Dr Janet Wootton||Hymnody: A Sung Theology that Changed the World|
|2010||Prof. John Briggs||Two Congregational Denominations: Baptist and Paedobaptist|
|2009||Dr Stephen Orchard||Congregationalism and Catholicity|
|2008||Dr Elaine Kay||‘A Way of Gospel Obedience’: The Church Meeting in Congregational Tradition and Practice|
|2007||Dr Robert Pope||Emerging Church: Congregation or Aberration|
|2006||Prof. Keith Robbins||Foreign Encounters: English Congregationalism, Germany and the United States c.1850-1914|
|2005||Dr Chad B Van Dixhoorn||A Dat at the Westminster Assembly|
|2004||Prof M A Stewart||Independency of the Mind in Early Dissent|
|2003||Rev Kirsty Thorpe||Daughters of Dissent|
|2002||Rev Dr David M Thompson||The Decline of Congregationalism in the 20th Century|
|2001||Rev Dr Paul Blackham||Thomas Goodwin: Word and Spirit|
|2000||Rev Dr Jack McKelvey||Recovering the Book of Revelation|
|1999||Rev Dr Alan Argent||Isaac Watts: Poet, Thinker, Pastor|
|1998||Rev Dr David Hilborn||‘The Words of our Lips’: Language-use in Free Church Worship|
|1997||Rev Dr Susan Durber||A Prodical Daughter’Posting’ the Bible: Post Structuralism and the Parables|
|1996||Dr Clyde Binfield||A Congregational Formation: An Edwardian Prime Minister’s Victorian Education|
|1995||Rev Barrie D Scopes||‘Fire in the Belly’ : Motivation for Mission in the LMS/CWM over Two Centuries|
|1994||Rev Dr John Travell||‘The Necessity of God’: The Message and Ministry of Leslie D. Weatherhead|
|1993||Rev Alan Tovey||Whatever Happened to the Separatists? A Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Barrow, Greenwood and Penry 1591|
|1992||John Creasey||The Congregational Library|
|1991||Rev Dr Alan P F Sell||Rhetoric and Reality: Theological Reflections upon Congregationalism and its Heirs|
|1990||Rev Dr Peter C Jupp||From Dust to Ashes: The Replacement of Burial by Cremation in England 1840-1867|
|1989||Rev Dr Janet Wootton||Dissent BC: The Old Testament’s Untold Story|
|1988||Rev Dr Colin Gunton||The Transcendent Lord: The Spirit and the Church in Calvinist and Cappadocian|
|1987||Rev Dr Tudur Jones||John Robinson (1576-1625): His Vision of Church Society|
The 2021 Portrait Exhibition will be at Bunyan Meeting, Mill St, Bedford MK40 3EU, running from 13th to 25th September 2021. Look out for further details here in due course.